School of Biblical and Theological Studies

Trinity Offers Five Degrees at the Doctor of Philosophy level in the School of Biblical and Theological Studies:

Program course listings are typical representations of requirements. Course listings, however, may be customized through admissions to meet specific ministry needs.

Ph.D in Biblical Studies
Degree Completion Plan 2015/2016

Research Course (3 Credits)

      • RW 800 Research Within A Christian Worldview

Focus Core (12 Credits)

      • BS 718 Contemporary Biblical Hermeneutics
      • BS 845 Advanced Topics in Old Testament Literature and Criticism
      • BS 877 Research in Primary Source Studies

Electives (12 Credits)

      • Elective
      • Elective
      • Elective
      • Elective

Dissertation Project (12 Credits)

      • RW 756 Dissertation

Total Credits: 36

Purpose:
The Biblical Studies Ph.D program is designed to provide learners in preparation for a specific career path or professional goal with specialized knowledge and understanding of the issues related to the latest scholarship in the field as well as various forms of textual criticism and their proper application. Learners will gain sharper skills to critique and analyze the key issues along the spectrum of Biblical studies from a conservative, orthodox Christian perspective as well as expound and defend positions from that perspective.

Potential Career Opportunities:
Professor, Pastor, Education Pastor, Associate Pastor, Author, Paid Contributor, Biblical Counselor, Christian Counselor, Itinerate Christian Lecturer.

Ph.D in Biblical Theology
Degree Completion Plan 2015/2016

Research Course (3 Credits)

      • RW 800 Research Within A Christian Worldview

Focus Core (9 Credits)

      • BS 718 Contemporary Biblical Hermeneutics
      • TH 733 Issues In New Testament Theology
      • TH 783 Issues In Old Testament Theology

Electives (12 Credits)

      • Elective
      • Elective
      • Elective
      • Elective

Dissertation Project (12 Credits)

      • RW 756 Dissertation

Total Credits: 36

Purpose:
The Biblical Theology Ph.D program is designed to provide learners in preparation for a specific career path or professional goal with specialized knowledge and understanding of the theology of various groupings of texts and the various authors of Scripture as well as the redemptive-historical narrative of Scripture as it progressively unfolds over Biblical history. Learners will acquire sharpened skills in order properly exegete the texts and expound the theology from the texts.

Potential Career Opportunities:
Professor, Pastor, Education Pastor, Associate Pastor, Author, Paid Contributor, Biblical Counselor, Christian Counselor, Itinerate Christian Lecturer.

Ph.D in New Testament Studies
Degree Completion Plan 2015/2016

Research Course (3 Credits)

      • RW 800 Research Within A Christian Worldview

Focus Core (9 Credits)

      • NT 715 Studies in the New Testament
      • NT 824 Socio-Rhetorical Analysis of the New Testament
      • NT 828 Studies in the New Testament Use of the Old Testament

Electives (12 Credits)

      • Elective
      • Elective
      • Elective
      • Elective

Dissertation Project (12 Credits)

      • RW 756 Dissertation

Total Credits: 36

Purpose:
The New Testament Studies Ph.D program is designed to provide learners in preparation for a specific career path or professional goal with specialized knowledge and greater understanding of the New Testament in its historical and cultural setting. Learners will acquire the skills in order properly exegete the texts and expound the theology from the texts.

Potential Career Opportunities:
Professor, Pastor, Education Pastor, Associate Pastor, Author, Paid Contributor, Biblical Counselor, Christian Counselor, Itinerate Christian Lecturer.

Ph.D in Old Testament Studies
Degree Completion Plan 2015/2016

Research Course (3 Credits)

      • RW 800 Research Within A Christian Worldview

Focus Core (9 Credits)

      • OT 714 Studies in the Old Testament
      • OT 824 Studies in Old Testament Background
      • BS 845 Advanced Topics in Old Testament Literature and Criticism

Electives (12 Credits)

      • Elective
      • Elective
      • Elective
      • Elective

Dissertation Project (12 Credits)

      • RW 756 Dissertation

Total Credits: 36

Purpose:
The Old Testament Studies Ph.D program is designed to provide learners in preparation for a specific career path or professional goal with specialized knowledge and greater understanding of the Old Testament in its historical and cultural setting. Learners will acquire the skills in order properly exegete the texts and expound the theology from the texts.

Potential Career Opportunities:
Professor, Pastor, Education Pastor, Associate Pastor, Author, Paid Contributor, Biblical Counselor, Christian Counselor, Itinerate Christian Lecturer.

Ph.D in Systematic Theology
Degree Completion Plan 2015/2016

Research Course (3 Credits)

      • RW 800 Research Within A Christian Worldview

Focus Core (9 Credits)

      • TH 803 Christian Theology 1
      • TH 804 Christian Theology 2
      • TH 745 Issues in Contemporary Theology

Electives (12 Credits)

      • Elective
      • Elective
      • Elective
      • Elective

Dissertation Project (12 Credits)

      • RW 756 Dissertation

Total Credits: 36

Purpose:
The Systematic Theology Ph.D program is designed to equip learners with specialized knowledge and understanding of the central doctrines of the Christian faith in preparation for a specific career path or professional goal. Known as “the Queen of the Sciences,” the degree in Systematic Theology engages learners to grasp the various theological categories in their full scriptural dress.

Potential Career Opportunities:
Professor, Pastor, Education Pastor, Associate Pastor, Author, Paid Contributor, Biblical Counselor, Christian Counselor, Itinerate Christian Lecturer.


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From Our Students

Jeffrey Thompson Trinity Student Testimonial

"I am grateful to God for the good people at Trinity! I was able to complete my degree with much help from the staff and faculty ! Online education has worked well for me simply because of the hustle and bustle of being a Pastor. This experience has allowed me to continue in full time ministry while finishing this degree. As a graduate I would like to encourage each alumni to give back to our school monthly to help them continue to facilitate an awesome quality distance education."


Jeffery Thompson,
2014 Graduate
2015-06-18T14:40:23+00:00
Jeffery Thompson,
2014 Graduate
Jeffrey Thompson Trinity Student Testimonial
"I am grateful to God for the good people at Trinity! I was able to complete my degree with much help from the staff and faculty ! Online education has worked well for me simply because of the hustle and bustle of being a Pastor. This experience has allowed me to continue in full time ministry while finishing this degree. As a graduate I would like to encourage each alumni to give back to our school monthly to help them continue to facilitate an awesome quality distance education."

"I fully advocate Trinity as a university for those who prefer to study by distance and online, whether in the Unite States or abroad. Trinity's courses are demanding, but extremely rewarding in terms of what they teach you and the breadth and depth of understanding that you reach. What you learn will prepare you for ministry and service within the Body of Christ. Trinity is a well-run seminary that is efficient in helping students finish their degree programmes and is kindly flexible with those who may run into difficulties that prevent them from studying as much as they would like. This is truly a Christian college within the great tradition of Christian universities in the United States."


Peter Harris, 2014 Graduate
MA in Christian Theology

2015-06-11T16:45:32+00:00

Peter Harris, 2014 Graduate
MA in Christian Theology

"I fully advocate Trinity as a university for those who prefer to study by distance and online, whether in the Unite States or abroad. Trinity's courses are demanding, but extremely rewarding in terms of what they teach you and the breadth and depth of understanding that you reach. What you learn will prepare you for ministry and service within the Body of Christ. Trinity is a well-run seminary that is efficient in helping students finish their degree programmes and is kindly flexible with those who may run into difficulties that prevent them from studying as much as they would like. This is truly a Christian college within the great tradition of Christian universities in the United States."
James Roy Dykes Trinity Student Testimonial

"As a recent graduate of Trinity Theological Seminary (August, 2014), with a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Counseling, I feel a responsibility and obligation to heartily recommend Trinity to any aspiring Christian of any age interested in formal education, training and continued preparation to battle for the truths of God’s Word."


James Roy Dykes, Jr.
Founder and Director, Biblical Counseling of Greater Atlanta
2014 Graduate
2015-06-11T16:51:47+00:00
James Roy Dykes, Jr.
Founder and Director, Biblical Counseling of Greater Atlanta
2014 Graduate
James Roy Dykes Trinity Student Testimonial
"As a recent graduate of Trinity Theological Seminary (August, 2014), with a Master of Arts degree in Biblical Counseling, I feel a responsibility and obligation to heartily recommend Trinity to any aspiring Christian of any age interested in formal education, training and continued preparation to battle for the truths of God’s Word."

"I believe the school and the president are doing fine work.  I believe he has a vision for moving Trinity to new levels.  The school has always delivered quality theological education at very low prices.  In fact, some might say that it should be raised.  But I'm on-board for whatever the school leadership thinks is right.  If the president continues to allow his  steps to be ordered by God, I'm convinced it all work out for the good  of those who love the Lord. He should probably just continue  to keep doing the fine job he's doing."


John Ward

2015-06-11T16:07:23+00:00

John Ward

"I believe the school and the president are doing fine work.  I believe he has a vision for moving Trinity to new levels.  The school has always delivered quality theological education at very low prices.  In fact, some might say that it should be raised.  But I'm on-board for whatever the school leadership thinks is right.  If the president continues to allow his  steps to be ordered by God, I'm convinced it all work out for the good  of those who love the Lord. He should probably just continue  to keep doing the fine job he's doing."

"Throughout my 57 years of life, the Lord has opened many doors for me for which I am most thankful and grateful. For the last several years I had pondered working on my doctoral degree, not out of any career necessity, but to enhance my educational and research skills. Trinity has provided for me a program of study which I feel will exceed my original educational objectives. I have found everyone on Trinity's staff to be very helpful, courteous, and possessing an attitude of genuine caring. This is indeed rare in today's world. "


Rev. Vince Kern, CPA
(Ph.D. student in Ministry Leadership)

2015-06-11T16:03:14+00:00

Rev. Vince Kern, CPA
(Ph.D. student in Ministry Leadership)

"Throughout my 57 years of life, the Lord has opened many doors for me for which I am most thankful and grateful. For the last several years I had pondered working on my doctoral degree, not out of any career necessity, but to enhance my educational and research skills. Trinity has provided for me a program of study which I feel will exceed my original educational objectives. I have found everyone on Trinity's staff to be very helpful, courteous, and possessing an attitude of genuine caring. This is indeed rare in today's world. "

"As a graduate, I got a world class administration degree at a master level education. The quality of information, the one day webinars, or independent study classes were great and worked out well for me a working dad and minister."


Jon Krause, 
2013 Graduate
2015-06-11T16:15:38+00:00
Jon Krause, 
2013 Graduate
"As a graduate, I got a world class administration degree at a master level education. The quality of information, the one day webinars, or independent study classes were great and worked out well for me a working dad and minister."
Preston Cave Trinity Student Testimonial

"My time at Trinity has been both informative and rewarding. I feel more equipped for ministry than ever before. Trinity formats their class schedule to enhance, not hinder, your ministry. I have never had to neglect my church responsibilities in order to finish my degree. It seems strange for someone to NEGLECT their calling in order to be educated FOR their calling. Trinity understands this and has done a great job of helping pastors reach their educational goals without breaking the bank or slowing down the ministry to the local church."


Preston Cave, 2012 Graduate
BA/MA Christian Education
2015-06-11T16:40:27+00:00
Preston Cave, 2012 Graduate
BA/MA Christian Education
Preston Cave Trinity Student Testimonial
"My time at Trinity has been both informative and rewarding. I feel more equipped for ministry than ever before. Trinity formats their class schedule to enhance, not hinder, your ministry. I have never had to neglect my church responsibilities in order to finish my degree. It seems strange for someone to NEGLECT their calling in order to be educated FOR their calling. Trinity understands this and has done a great job of helping pastors reach their educational goals without breaking the bank or slowing down the ministry to the local church."

"Highly personal and highly spiritual describe my experience in my studies through Trinity Theological Seminary. I found their leadership devoted to God's leadership in expanding the Kingdom. The encouragement and practical application of years of experience on the "front lines" make Trinity a great building block in fulfilling one’s call. I recommend your consideration!"

Brent Lay, D. Min.
Associate Pastor
Englewood Baptist Church
Jackson, Tennessee

2015-06-11T13:21:06+00:00

Brent Lay, D. Min.
Associate Pastor
Englewood Baptist Church
Jackson, Tennessee

"Highly personal and highly spiritual describe my experience in my studies through Trinity Theological Seminary. I found their leadership devoted to God's leadership in expanding the Kingdom. The encouragement and practical application of years of experience on the "front lines" make Trinity a great building block in fulfilling one’s call. I recommend your consideration!"

"In 2015 I graduated with a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University. I felt prepared for the graduate work from my undergraduate degree at Trinity, and more so the admissions committee favored my past education. Trinity's state of accreditation did not impact my ability to attend a top ranked graduate level university."

-Jenn Menn,
BA in Biblical Counseling 2011

2016-03-17T12:09:34+00:00

-Jenn Menn,
BA in Biblical Counseling 2011

"In 2015 I graduated with a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University. I felt prepared for the graduate work from my undergraduate degree at Trinity, and more so the admissions committee favored my past education. Trinity's state of accreditation did not impact my ability to attend a top ranked graduate level university."

"God gave me the wonderful opportunity to study for the ministry through Trinity College of the Bible and Trinity Theological Seminary from which I received five earned degrees. From the very beginning, the Word of God was exalted and my confidence in the Word of God grew stronger. President Dr. Harold Hunter is a dear friend and brother in the Lord. My heart is thrilled to know him personally and that he is leading Trinity to even higher ground!"


Danny Burnley, D. Min.
West Gantt Baptist Church
Greenville, South Carolina

2015-06-11T13:22:38+00:00

Danny Burnley, D. Min.
West Gantt Baptist Church
Greenville, South Carolina

"God gave me the wonderful opportunity to study for the ministry through Trinity College of the Bible and Trinity Theological Seminary from which I received five earned degrees. From the very beginning, the Word of God was exalted and my confidence in the Word of God grew stronger. President Dr. Harold Hunter is a dear friend and brother in the Lord. My heart is thrilled to know him personally and that he is leading Trinity to even higher ground!"
Mike Trinity Student Testimonial

"My school’s ethos is centered on the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This includes the curriculum, teaching, learning and everything the school does. This has been consistent over the past decade and is still going strong. Every single course is aimed at dealing with the realities that occur in the 21st century church and the communities. The courses are tailor-made to prepare ministry leadership to both teach the word of Jesus Christ effectively and also to tackle 21st century church issues."


Dr. Michael Andam,
2014 Graduate
2015-06-18T14:34:03+00:00
Dr. Michael Andam,
2014 Graduate
Mike Trinity Student Testimonial
"My school’s ethos is centered on the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. This includes the curriculum, teaching, learning and everything the school does. This has been consistent over the past decade and is still going strong. Every single course is aimed at dealing with the realities that occur in the 21st century church and the communities. The courses are tailor-made to prepare ministry leadership to both teach the word of Jesus Christ effectively and also to tackle 21st century church issues."
Trinity Student Testimonial

“I want to take a moment to thank the faculty and staff of Trinity College and Seminary as well for their assistance in training several key staff people at my church, myself included. I was personally able to gain valuable knowledge and spiritual wisdom that has enabled me to become a more effective leader. Regardless of your denominational background, Trinity can help train you for a lifetime of ministry. I wholeheartedly recommend Trinity College and Seminary for everyone.”

Dr. Ted Denny
Senior Pastor
Bethel Baptist Church
Palrnyra, Tennessee

2015-06-11T15:58:18+00:00

Dr. Ted Denny
Senior Pastor
Bethel Baptist Church
Palrnyra, Tennessee

Trinity Student Testimonial
“I want to take a moment to thank the faculty and staff of Trinity College and Seminary as well for their assistance in training several key staff people at my church, myself included. I was personally able to gain valuable knowledge and spiritual wisdom that has enabled me to become a more effective leader. Regardless of your denominational background, Trinity can help train you for a lifetime of ministry. I wholeheartedly recommend Trinity College and Seminary for everyone.”

"It has been one of the highest privileges of my life to have studied at Trinity College of the Bible and Trinity Theological Seminary. I studied at Trinity because the theological stance held there has been that which I have held to for most of my life. It was discovered to me that the courses which I studied were both informative and rigorous. The persons who marked my work were exacting in what was required and yet at the same time I was given guidance on any matter that it was felt needed further attention. It has taken me three years to complete the first of my degrees (Doc. R. St.) and a further five years to complete the second (P. D.) During the time of study, even though I lived a hemisphere away from Trinity at all time I was kept in close contact by Trinity and it staff. Its programme of distance and on line study helped me consistently and enabled speedy solution to any problems that I was encountering."


Graham Harris; CRK. Dip.Th. (Lond), Dip.Th. (Melb), B.A., M. Litt.St.(Qld), M.A. Ph.D. (Col. Pac), M.Phil. (Syd), Doc. R. St, Ph.D.(Trinity)
2015-06-11T16:10:10+00:00
Graham Harris; CRK. Dip.Th. (Lond), Dip.Th. (Melb), B.A., M. Litt.St.(Qld), M.A. Ph.D. (Col. Pac), M.Phil. (Syd), Doc. R. St, Ph.D.(Trinity)
"It has been one of the highest privileges of my life to have studied at Trinity College of the Bible and Trinity Theological Seminary. I studied at Trinity because the theological stance held there has been that which I have held to for most of my life. It was discovered to me that the courses which I studied were both informative and rigorous. The persons who marked my work were exacting in what was required and yet at the same time I was given guidance on any matter that it was felt needed further attention. It has taken me three years to complete the first of my degrees (Doc. R. St.) and a further five years to complete the second (P. D.) During the time of study, even though I lived a hemisphere away from Trinity at all time I was kept in close contact by Trinity and it staff. Its programme of distance and on line study helped me consistently and enabled speedy solution to any problems that I was encountering."

"In 1991, I received my Doctor of ministry from Trinity. It opened up a new area of ministry for me. My dissertation was on church and state and after my degree I continued to pursue the topic. As a result of the work I began at the school, I have been invited to speak at several engagements and have written for several national and local newspapers, magazines and web sites. Thanks Trinity."


Dr. Don S. Wilkey
First Baptist Church
Onalaska, Texas

2015-06-11T13:22:05+00:00

Dr. Don S. Wilkey
First Baptist Church
Onalaska, Texas

"In 1991, I received my Doctor of ministry from Trinity. It opened up a new area of ministry for me. My dissertation was on church and state and after my degree I continued to pursue the topic. As a result of the work I began at the school, I have been invited to speak at several engagements and have written for several national and local newspapers, magazines and web sites. Thanks Trinity."
Paul Robinson Trinity Student Testimonial

"The opportunities at Trinity are world class. Excellent teachers, wise course disciplines, and virtual fellowship with students. An enjoyable and enriching experience which becomes humbling when those you serve testify to recognizing growth in you as a person and as a teacher of the Word. I chose Trinity because of their Christian worldview and their financial options that gave me a truly wonderful education. I notice that when I read God's Word or am preparing a biblical message, my thinking has been deepened and my mind sharpened. I realize now how much more there is to learn, and enjoy taking further studies through Trinity."


Paul Robinson
2014 Graduate

2015-06-18T14:43:45+00:00

Paul Robinson
2014 Graduate

Paul Robinson Trinity Student Testimonial
"The opportunities at Trinity are world class. Excellent teachers, wise course disciplines, and virtual fellowship with students. An enjoyable and enriching experience which becomes humbling when those you serve testify to recognizing growth in you as a person and as a teacher of the Word. I chose Trinity because of their Christian worldview and their financial options that gave me a truly wonderful education. I notice that when I read God's Word or am preparing a biblical message, my thinking has been deepened and my mind sharpened. I realize now how much more there is to learn, and enjoy taking further studies through Trinity."

"The Trinity program enabled me to complete my theological seminary training while in ministry. It also opened the door for a new ministry in the educational field. I found the Trinity program to be academically sound, ministry driven and relevant in application."


James Clark, Pastor,
Grace Baptist Church (Grandview, MO)

2015-06-11T15:59:26+00:00

James Clark, Pastor,
Grace Baptist Church (Grandview, MO)

"The Trinity program enabled me to complete my theological seminary training while in ministry. It also opened the door for a new ministry in the educational field. I found the Trinity program to be academically sound, ministry driven and relevant in application."

"As a result of studying under the Trinity program, my knowledge and revelations about God and His Word increased tremendously. I believe that this program equipped me to be more effective in my ability to minister in the field of Christian Education. I look forward to implementing many of the truths, methods and ideas which I have learned into my own ministry setting where I serve."


Venandee L. Hennington, Minister
Tarrant, AL

2015-06-11T16:01:20+00:00

Venandee L. Hennington, Minister
Tarrant, AL

"As a result of studying under the Trinity program, my knowledge and revelations about God and His Word increased tremendously. I believe that this program equipped me to be more effective in my ability to minister in the field of Christian Education. I look forward to implementing many of the truths, methods and ideas which I have learned into my own ministry setting where I serve."
Rick Beard Trinity Student Testimonial

"I originally began studies at Trinity with the purpose of being trained to encourage others in ministry. But I enjoyed the studies so much I continued on. What I appreciate most is how Trinity taught me to be a better student of Scripture. The education I received prepared me for the ministry I am now in. I only wish I would have started sooner. Because of their commitment to excellence in each field of study, I have no hesitation recommending Trinity to prospective students and especially to those who cannot afford the time or cost to attend seminary. I will always be thankful God led me to Trinity."


Rick Beard, 
2013 Graduate
2015-06-11T16:18:51+00:00
Rick Beard, 
2013 Graduate
Rick Beard Trinity Student Testimonial
"I originally began studies at Trinity with the purpose of being trained to encourage others in ministry. But I enjoyed the studies so much I continued on. What I appreciate most is how Trinity taught me to be a better student of Scripture. The education I received prepared me for the ministry I am now in. I only wish I would have started sooner. Because of their commitment to excellence in each field of study, I have no hesitation recommending Trinity to prospective students and especially to those who cannot afford the time or cost to attend seminary. I will always be thankful God led me to Trinity."